Norml: “Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, already infamous for his treatment of immigrants and prisoners, has now set his sights on Arizona’s new medical marijuana patients following the passage of Proposition 203 by voters last November.”
Arizona Republic: “Arpaio already building special unit to target those who abuse statute. The plants that will ultimately produce medical marijuana in Arizona are not legally in the ground, but police agencies are already planning how their officers will try to enforce state pot laws while respecting a sick resident’s right to possess the herb.”
See “Arpaio on lookout for abusers of Arizona medical marijuana law” and “MCSO Sheriff creates Special Enforcement Unit to combat medical marijuana fraud.”
Phoenix New Times: “Sheriff Joe Arpaio supports medicinal use of the good ganja? Well, at least that’s what the former DEA agent did during this clip from the 2007 documentary American Drug War: The Last White Hope. In it, Arpaio was asked his opinion on medical marijuana, as he stands in Tent City, surrounded by prisoners in bumble-bee stripes.